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Michael C. Clarke, ESQ

Martin Clearwater & Bell is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael C. Clarke as the firm’s new Managing Attorney.

“We believe Michael’s prior experience will allow him to exceed in this role and we are pleased to welcome him into the position and look forward to this new chapter for the firm” says Thomas A. Mobilia, Senior Partner and Member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Following six years as a prosecutor in New York City, Clarke joined MCB in 1994 as a Senior Associate, both litigating and specializing in medical malpractice litigation, as well as handling OPMC matters. After leaving MCB, Clarke worked as Counsel at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and as a Director of Compliance for Pratt & Whitney’s/United Technologies Corporation’s global ethics and international trade compliance programs.

Immediately before his 2019 return to MCB, Clarke served as the Chief of Staff and Counsel, Director of Training, and Deputy Inspector General for Welfare in the New York State Offices of the Inspector General. There, Clarke was responsible for the agency’s overall operations, including the training, budget, case management/intake, administration, human resources, public information, and information technology units. Along with having direct oversight of the Inspector General’s employees, statewide, Clarke managed the agency’s staff recruitment, retention and training programs.

As the firm’s Managing Attorney, Clarke is the main liaison to clients on all case-related and client management issues. Clarke will ensure that the firm meets the demands of clients and continue to provide effective, efficient and results-driven services. Clarke will oversee the professional development initiatives and activities for the attorneys and legal staff, along with supervising the intake of all new cases, and managing attorney education, mentoring and training.

Maria M. Emerson, MD, FACOG

Montefiore Nyack Hospital has appointed Maria M. Emerson, MD, FACOG, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Medical Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology Montefiore Nyack Hospital. Dr. Emerson is also a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist at Highland Medical, P.C., OBS-GYN of Rockland in New City and Stony Point. In this role, Dr. Emerson will provide oversight to the Labor and Delivery and Mother-Baby Units at the hospital.

Dr. Emerson brings a wealth of experience in women’s health to the Montefiore Nyack community. Most recently, she was the Director of the Women’s Health Clinic and Health and Wellness Gynecology at BronxCare Health System. She was also an obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health instructor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Camryn Kellam, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s ambassador for the Go the Distance Virtual Walk

Camryn Kellam was cheered by her family and her care team from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital during a recent ceremony in which she was presented with an official sash designating her as a hospital ambassador for the Go the Distance Virtual Walk. Go the Distance is an annual walk and family day fundraiser for the hospital.

Camryn was born with sickle cell disease and underwent a successful stem cell transplant at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in March 2020. Camryn’s oldest sister, Skylar, 21, was her life-changing donor. Camryn’s stem cell transplant was conducted as part of a sickle cell disease research trial led by Mitchell Cairo, MD, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation.

Carlos M. Meletiche, MD, has joined Saint Joseph’s Medical Center as Medical Director of the Emergency Department.

Carlos M. Meletiche, MD

Dr. Meletiche most recently held the positions of Attending Physician/Emergency Medicine at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, N.J. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his emergency medicine residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York City. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

Dr. Meletiche is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is an American College of Emergency Physicians Fellow and a member of the American Medical Association.

Tracey A. Milligan, MD

Tracey A. Milligan, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Neurology at New York Medical College School of Medicine and the Director of Neurology for Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and MidHudson Regional Hospital, each of which are members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.

Dr. Milligan previously served as an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and distinguished clinician and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Milligan specializes in epilepsy and served as Director of the first seizure clinic in the Edward B. Bromfield Epilepsy Program. She also served as the Co-Director of the Mass General Brigham Neurology Fellowship Program and received the Bernard Lown Award for excellence in teaching at Harvard Medical School.

Bernadette Kingham-Bez, Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health Services at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers and Executive Director of St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester, was named a recipient of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Commissioner’s Community Care Awards for 2021.

Bernadette Kingham-Bez, Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health Services, Saint Joseph’s Medical Center

The awards recognize the extraordinary achievements of individuals and organizations who have furthered the OMH mission and made a positive contribution to the mental health system in their communities.

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, appointed Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, has been appointed Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, effective Dec. 1. Dr. Bassett brings more than 30 years of experience devoted to promoting health equity and social justice, both in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Bassett most recently served as director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights in the department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. From 2014 through summer 2018, Dr. Bassett served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2002, Dr. Bassett was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Helen Hayes Hospital recognized the inspirational accomplishments of the hospital’s patients over the last year at the virtual celebration of the 121st annual Honors Assembly. Held each year since the hospital’s founding in 1900, the Honors Assembly recognizes the incredible strength and courage of the hospital’s patients and the life-changing power of physical rehabilitation. This year’s virtual presentation, streamed via Facebook and YouTube, celebrated the powerful stories of seven patients who fought tirelessly to recover from the effects of COVID-19, stroke, TBI, SCI and other disabling conditions.

Medal of Independence Award recipient Blythe Honor Finn and members of her Helen Hayes Hospital care team

Jenny Seham, PhD, of Arts and Integrative Medicine

Jenny Seham, PhD, of Arts and Integrative Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, won a Schwartz Center Corman IMPACT honor for her work using music, dance, photography, drawing, poetry, yoga, gardening and technology to support patients during evidence-based psychiatric practices. The Corman IMPACT Honors celebrates healthcare members who are making a transformational impact by creating programs or initiatives that promote compassionate, collaborative care within their organization or system.

A drive-in gala honoring two of Northern Westchester Hospital’s leaders — former Community Board Chair Michael Schwartz and physician Warren Bromberg, MD — raised over $1.4 million to benefit Northern Westchester Hospital and support the continued development of clinical programs and services. The gala was held at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah where 140 cars (and 360 people) were in attendance, and more than 700 people livestreamed the event.

The drive-in gala allowed attendees to socially distance from their own reserved parking spot for an evening of car-hop catering provided by Abigail Kirsch, a live program and entertainment.

Schwartz joined the Community Board in 2013 and became Chair in 2017. He is a private investor who was previously a principal and portfolio manager at Taconic Capital Advisors LP, a New York–based hedge fund focused on event-driven investing.

The Schwartz family

Dr. Bromberg, a surgeon and board-certified urologist, is a member of the medical board; President of the medical staff; Division Chief of urology; Medical Director of the prostate cancer program; Co-Director of the Minimally Invasive and Robotics Surgery Program; one of the physicians who led the initiative to bring robotic surgery to NWH; and a clinical assistant professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

The Bromberg family

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP is proud to congratulate Nicole S. Barresi, Kathryn R. Baxter, Kathryn D. Blackmer, Conrad A. Chayes, Jr., Alexandra E. Claus, Alexander C. Cooper, Michelle A. Frankel, Emma B. Glazer, Jason F. Kaufman, Amy E. Korn, Alexandra M. Lopes and Samantha E. Shaw for receiving 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition in the field of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

The “Ones to Watch” awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

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Source: MD News August/September 2021, Lower Hudson/Bronx Edition